“The Flowers of Edinburgh” Theresa Thompson, Flute & Jasmin Bey Cowin, Harp

“The Flowers of Edinburgh” appears in Oswald’s Caledonian Pocket Companion, 1742, but cannot be traced in any earlier musical collection. It became a fashionable hornpipe about 1740, and was called “The Flowers of Edinburgh,” in compliment, it is supposed, to the young ladies of the Scottish capital who were then attending the dancing schools. About the same time the following words were written to the tune.
⁠He was the flower of a’ his kin,
The absence of his bonnie face
⁠Has rent my tender heart in twain.
I day or night find no delight;
⁠In silent tears I still complain;
And exclaim ‘gainst those my rival foes,
⁠That ha’e ta’en from me my darling swain.

Despair and anguish fill my breast,
⁠Since I have lost my blooming rose;
I sigh and moan while others rest;
⁠His absence yields me no repose.
To seek my love I’ll range and rove,
⁠Through every grove and distant plain;
Thus I’ll ne’er cease, but spend my days,
⁠To hear tidings from my darling swain.

There’s naething strange in nature’s change,
⁠Since parents show such cruelty;
They caused my love from me to range,
⁠And know not to what destiny.
The pretty kids and tender lambs
⁠May cease to sport upon the plain;
But I’ll mourn and lament in deep discontent
⁠For the absence of my darling swain.

Kind Neptune, let me thee entreat,
⁠To send a fair and pleasant gale;
Ye dolphins sweet, upon me wait,
⁠And convey me upon your tail;
Heaven bless my voyage with success,
⁠While crossing of the raging main,
And send me safe o’er to a distant shore,
⁠To meet my lovely darling swain.

All joy and mirth at our return
⁠Shall then abound from Tweed to Tay;
The bells shall ring and sweet birds sing,
⁠To grace and crown our nuptial day.
Thus bless’d wi’ charms in my love’s arms,
⁠My heart once more I will regain;
Then I’ll range no more to a distant shore,
⁠But in love will enjoy my darling swain.



Author: drcowinj

As an Assistant Professor & Practicum Coordinator for TESOL and Bilingual Programs at Touro College, Graduate School of Education my focus is on the Responsibility to Touro Students (Teaching), Responsibility to the Discipline (Scholarship), and Responsibility to Touro College and Community (Service). As the Practicum Coordinator, my Teacher Professional Practice identifies those aspects of a teacher’s responsibilities that have been documented through empirical studies and theoretical research as promoting improved student learning. In the framework, the complex activity of teaching is divided into the seven New York State Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) Standards for teacher evaluation that are clustered into four domains of teaching responsibility (as framed in the Teachscape Danielson Rubric approved by New York State). I strive to inspire students to be creative and to model the love of lifelong learning by inculcating the habits and attitudes that create agile mindsets. 21st-century education extends well beyond the classroom and incorporates online learning technologies for L2 language acquisition and current global trends in teaching English as a Second Language. I participate fully in the larger world of TESOL academic discipline as elected Vice President and Chair Elect for the New York State, NYSTESOL organization, for the 2021 conference. Ongoing research, expressed in scholarly contributions to the advancement of knowledge is demonstrated through publications (articles in Education Update), presentations, and participation in academic conferences, blogging, and other scholarly activities, including public performances and exhibitions at conferences and workshops. Of particular interest to me are The Blockchain of Things and its implications for Higher Education; Current Global Trends in TESOL; Developing Materials and Resources in Teaching English; E-learning & Micro-Methodology in TESOL; E-Resources Discovery and Analysis; and Language Acquisition and the Oculus Rift in VR.

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